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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

April 2012

This is a free e-mail news service provided by Aqua-tnet for the Aqua-tnet network and its partners. Aqua-tnet is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2011 - 2014.

In the newsletter you will find an update of Aqua-tnet and its activities, as well as information from the European Commission related to European education matters.

Please forward this newsletter to your colleagues and students. Please submit any relevant information for dissemination in the newsletter to aquatnet@aquatt.ie


CONTENTS

1. Aqua-tnet News

2. Programmes, Courses & People

3. Research & Education

4. Other

6. BibMail & Information of Interest

7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

8. PiscesTT Jobs


1. Aqua-tnet News

Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2012, 28-29 June 2012, Málaga, Spain

Aqua-tnet, the Erasmus network in the field of Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management, are pleased to invite you to the AQUA-TNET Annual Meeting 2012, in the TRYP Guadalmar Hotel, Málaga, Spain on 28-29 June 2012.
 
All Aqua-tnet members and stakeholders are invited to attend to find out about the activities and results of the first year of the current phase (2011-2014) and debate the hot topics in Education and Training. Please find attached the Registration Form with more information regarding the logistics as well. Please send back the Registration form to aquatnet3@gmail.com as soon as possible, but latest by Friday 11th May. There are limited places so please register early to avoid disappointment.
 
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WP2 core group meeting, 27 June 2012, Málaga, Spain

Aqua-tnet WP2 (European PhD Collaboration) will hold their first year meeting the day before the Annual Event (27th June). Please contact WP2 coordinator Peter Bossier (peter.bossier@UGent.be) as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

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WP3 core group meeting, 27 June 2012, Málaga, Spain

Aqua-tnet WP3 (Aqua-tnet on the move (Mobility)) will hold their first year meeting the day before the Annual Event (27th June). The agenda of the WP3 meeting will be the following:

1) Welcome and introduction of assistants
2) Overview of the WP3 duties and objectives
3) Deliverables: Organisation of work and calendar
  • Course information package
  • Expand mobility capacity
  • Local contact points information package
  • Local Regional Support
  • Grants management: collating information
  • Mobility Reference Site
  • Mobility Portal
4) Any other business

Click here (Word doc) for more information on the WP3 deliverables. Please contact WP3 coordinator Lluis Tort (Lluis.Tort@uab.es) as soon as possible if you wish to attend.


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WP4 core group (Generic skills for future success) discussed links with the fishing industry

Aqua-tnet WP4 held their first year meeting in Vigo, Spain on the 10th April, hosted by CETMAR and attended by representatives from IEO and the University of Aberdeen. The group made progress in relation to finalising their next (short) questionnaire, which has been trialled at a recent meeting in Antwerp by WP4 member Cristina Pita. The survey is also being carried out at the World Fisheries Congress currently taking place in Edinburgh. Discussions also focused on links with the fishing industry and in particular possible training links with the European Fishery Technology Centre.

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NEWSFLASH from WP5 - Possible publication of Special Issue on Aqua-tnet innovatory teaching and learning initiatives

During the April WP5 core group meeting, there was a suggestion that this WP should seek a journal with the aim of producing a Special Issue devoted to the long-term and often ground-breaking work on teaching and learning issues in the marine science sector. We have produced many lengthy and detailed reports which languish on the top shelve of EU offices. The time has come to widen our dissemination efforts. We need to brush the dust off some of these reports, cut out the verbiage that the EU Final Reporting system requires, and produce re-edited papers for a well-defined target audience.
We would be grateful if any of our many readers could suggest peer-reviewed journals for us to contact.
Margaret Eleftheriou
WP coordinator

Margaret@her.hcmr.gr


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Calling all talented and motivated students looking for internship possibilities at an Aqua-tnet institution

If you are a talented and motivated young individual from around the world looking to work an intern in renowned businesses then Aqua-tnet can be of service! Internships are not only an excellent way for graduates to gain new skills but are also a way for companies to gain access to fresh ideas and new ways of looking at things.

Aqua-tnet has set-up a dedicated webpage for potential candidates at http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/167/internships/. If you are a graduate and would like to post your request for an internship please complete the template and email to info@aquatnet.com

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Have your say! - New Aqua-tnet blog

A new blog page has been added to the Aqua-tnet website at http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/161/blog/ for more opinion-based discussion. This is intended to be an additional channel for raising and discussing issues that concern Aqua-tnet project members and everyone with an interest in innovation and the role of knowledge and learning in the aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources sector. Personal perspectives are particularly welcome! Send your contributions to info@aquatnet.com  (with subject line blog contribution).

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Aqua-tnet to present at AQUA 2012, Prague, Czech Republic, 3 September 2012

The Program Committee of the AQUA 2012 conference "Global Aquaculture - Securing Our Future" has accepted an abstract for an Aqua-tnet oral presentation entitled "AQUA-TNET: TAKING EUROPEAN EDUCATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL" which will be presented by Marieke Reuver and co-authored by Aqua-tnet coordinator John Bostock. The conference will be held in the Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic from 2-5 September 2012 and the presentation will be made during the session "Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer" on 3 September 2012.

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2. Programmes, Courses & People


To search for PhD, MSc and mobility opportunities and courses and to access information on your colleagues in Aqua-tnet 3 please visit the Aqua-tnet 3 interactive web portal available at http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/. If you have any further editions or would like to make changes to your institution's information please contact Marieke Reuver at marieke@aquatt.ie
 
If you are a graduate and would like to post your request for an internship or alternatively a company seeking interns please visit http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/167/internships/.
 

3. Research & Education

Campus do Mar - Knowledge In Depth

Campus do Mar represents a diverse group of more than 3,000 researchers with the goal of becoming an internationally recognized centre of knowledge and expertise with regard to the oceans in a broad sense. This will be accomplished through responding to the current scientific and technological challenges, training professionals of excellence, attracting international talent, and providing productive results that have a positive influence on society and the ocean environments.

For more information visit http://www.campusdomar.es/newsletter/folleto_campusdomar_eng.pdf, for their latest newsletter visit http://www.campusdomar.es/newsletter/, for information on their PhD program visit http://campusdomar.es/newsletter/mailing/images/phd_domar_v2012.pdf

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VET-Alert - April & May 2012 issues

VET-Alert is a monthly selection of publications on vocational education and training available from Cedefops bibliographic database VET-Bib. April and May 2012 issues are now available for download at http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/newsletter/vetalert-newsletter.aspx.

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Cedefop Newsletter no. 21 - April 2012

The April edition of Cedefop's newsletter is available at http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/newsletter/19837.htm.

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JOI.CON: Joint Programme Management conference 13 June 2012, Bologna, Italy

If you are an administrative officer in charge of Joint Programmes with international partners, an academic/scientist who runs or is about to run a Joint Master or Joint Doctoral Programme with partner institutions abroad, and face the management side of the Joint Programmes phenomenon or a decision maker in your institution who wants to learn more about the hard slog of that Joint Programme business, then the JOI.CON conference that will take place on June 13th, 2012, in Bologna, Italy is for you!

You are invited not only to listen to experienced players within the European Higher Education landscape but also to learn from the JOI.CON training teams presenting their results. After having worked on fictive Joint Programmes on Master and Doctoral level for five months, the six teams from altogether 18 countries will steer you through the processes they experienced in workshops. For more information and registration visit https://www.joiman.eu/activities/Lists/ConferenceTraining/DispForm.aspx?ID=5&Source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.joiman.eu%2Factivities%2Fdefault.aspx.

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MarineTT Stakeholder Workshop on Barriers to Knowledge Capture and Transfer

On Wednesday 23 May 2012 the MarineTT project will host An Open Stakeholder Workshop to Explore Challenges to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer. The interactive workshop will take place in the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts (KVAB), Brussels. The workshop will feature short flash presentations on the Knowledge Transfer needs from the Key End User Stakeholders Perspective (Policy EU and Member states and Industry) and the knowledge management experiences of other EU funded projects. The aim of the workshop will be to map the barriers to effective transfer and to develop possible solutions.

Places are still available for the workshop - see www.marinett.eu or contact gill@aquatt.ie. There will be a 2nd MarineTT workshop in July (final date and location to be confirmed).

Join the MarineTT Group on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/MarineTT-Marine-Knowledge-Transfer-4403470?home=&gid=4403470&trk=anet_ug_hm The aim of this group is to bring together European Marine Stakeholders interested in discussing the current barriers and challenges related to Knowledge Transfer.

To read the full press release click here (PDF).

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Working on the future management of European Fisheries

Over the next 3 years a new pioneering 3 million research project called SOCIOEC, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (EU) and led by the Institute of Sea Fisheries of the Johann Heinrich von Thunen-Institut (vTI), Germany, aims to respond to the challenge of the new management measures potentially applied in the context of reform of the new Common Fisheries Policy. SOCIOEC brings together a multidisciplinary consortium from 25 institutions (research, industry and SMEs) based across Europe guided by the ethos of maintaining the environmental, economic and social sustainability of European fisheries. The project kicked off with a partnership meeting in middle March 2012 in Salerno, Italy.

To read the full press release click here (Word).

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Aquainnova progress

Aquainnova, EATIPs flagship initiative, advanced well in late 2011/early 2012 with the completion of the final consultation workshops on Mediterranean aquaculture (Madrid) and European Shellfish aquaculture (Bordeaux) aquaculture. These were followed by a meeting of the Chairs and Facilitators of the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) that have prepared individual Visions and Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas (SRIAs); this was held in Dublin on March 21-22 in Dublin.

The overarching Vision and SRIA will be presented at the next annual EATIP meeting that will be on June 21 2012 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts, starting at 10.00 a.m. The full agenda and programme will be published shortly on the EATIP website - http://www.eatip.eu/.

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Recirculating technology a key part of future aquaculture

Technology that reduces water consumption by around 98 per cent is a key feature of new recirculating systems now available to the global aquaculture industry, according to an aquaculture specialist speaking at the Australasian Aquaculture Conference 2012 conference in Melbourne. Professor Thomas M Losordo, who presented at the Aquaculture Recirculating Technology Short-Course at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), said such technology must be part of the future for the rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

To read the full article click here (PDF).

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Access to Research Facilities / Infrastructure funded under FP7

Access to research facilities and infrastructure, also known as Transnational Access (TNA), is funded under the FP7 Research Infrastructures Programme. Networks receive funding to bring together their facilities and to open them up to those outside of their network. In effect, the FP7 grant facilitates the access of researchers from all over the EU to the network's facilities and infrastructure. Access is provided free of charge to users of the facilities and is allocated on a peer-reviewed basis.

For more information visit http://www.fp7ireland.com/News.aspx?WCI=htmResults&WCU=CBC=View,SEARCH=,DSCODE=LIVENEWS,NEWSITEMID=6-N56.

Transnational Access to aquaculture Research Infrastructures can be applied for via the AQUAEXCEL project, please check out: http://www.aquaexcel.eu/call_for_access 

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 4. Other

European Commission wants your views on priority objectives for the environment

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP), which will set out priority objectives to be pursued up until 2020. The previous one had an impact on the development of the marine strategy framework directive and for science. The consultation remains open until 1 June 2012.

For more information visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/7eap_en.htm.


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5. Aqua-tnet Calendar

Please check the Aqua-tnet calendar for a live update of upcoming events, courses and workshops

 

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6. BibMail & Information of Interest 

BibMail is a monthly overview of the content tables of the major aquaculture-relevant scientific journals. Information of Interest is a monthly overview of interesting publications, reports, and manuals relating to aquaculture in a broad sense, with links to the respective files or information points. From January 2012 the BibMail & Information of Interest will be combined into one PDF document. For the latest editions and archive of BibMail CLICK HERE and Information of Interest CLICK HERE

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7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

AquaTT's Training News is a free monthly e-newsletter. With the latest news from the European education community, opportunities for collaboration, announcements and a student corner, Training News is an important dissemination channel for education and training opportunities for the aquaculture and related sectors. CLICK HERE for the latest edition.

Please email news@aquatt.ie to submit your news which will reach 6,000 international subscribers.

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8. PiscesTT Jobs

PiscesTT Jobs is a free online recruitment service used by over 300 companies globally in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science. At the moment there are 9 interesting jobs/study opportunities. If you are interested in viewing or posting a vacancy please go to http://www.piscesttjobs.com/ or contact aquatt@aquatt.ie Subscribe at http://www.piscesttjobs.com/feeds/ for live RSS updates.

Featured position: PhD Funded Fellowship In Marine Invertebrate Biology, University College Cork, Ireland

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About Aqua-tnet

This update is published by the Aqua-tnet Secretariat. For further information e-mail aquatnet@aquatt.ie Previous editions are archived on marieke@aquatt.ie or aquatnet@aquatt.ie.

DISCLAIMER: AQUA-TNET provides this newsletter as a free service to its partners. Most of the information is provided by AQUA-TNET. Where it is not, the source of the news is provided in the text of the news brief or else AQUA-TNET attributes the news to the coordinating body as the "Data Source Provider". In no way does this newsletter intend to wrongly or inappropriately claim projects, news, etc. as its own nor is it responsible for incorrect information provided from other sources. The AQUA-TNET Newsletter is a dissemination tool and forum for both AQUA-TNET and its partners.